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|Thursday, December 11th, 2008|
I was wondering if anyone has some cool ideas about student staff selection themes.
Traditionally our selection theme is then used as a theme for student staff training in the fall.
Any input would be greatly appreciated.
|Monday, June 30th, 2008|
The Gender Public Advocacy Coalition is pleased to announce the release of its 2008 GENIUS Survey in partnership with Ernst & Young. GenderPAC works to ensure that classrooms, communities and workplaces are safe for everyone to learn, grow and succeed.
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Fill out the survey at: www.gpac.org/GENIUS2008survey, and make sure that we have data for as many schools as possible. Your voice will help us continue to work towards a safe and welcoming environment for every student.
While we greatly appreciate the interest taken in GENIUS by students, staff and faculty at academic institutions outside of the United States, at this time GENIUS is only able to track schools based in the United States.
|Friday, June 20th, 2008|
What Made You Do It?
So I'm not actually a professional (shh - once school starts up again, I'll be a returning RA for a specialized living/learning program) but I figured it wouldn't hurt to ask: What made you decide to go into/countinue in ResLife?
I'm considering my options post college and becoming an RD for at least a year is definitely at the top of my list.
I'm curious why y'all decided to enter this profession. I'd also like to know how your department is structured and what your process of applying for the job was like...any other info you'd like to share would be awesome!
|Tuesday, January 8th, 2008|
For our RA training I'm doing a presentation on burnout. I've done one before, but it was a while ago - do any of you have any handouts or suggestions from presentations that you'd be willing to share?
|Friday, August 31st, 2007|
ra training and programming
i'm a new member to this group, and have a few questions i'd like to ask you about your training programs.
we're looking to revamp a lot of our current training, in terms of sessions offered, separating new RAs from returning RAs, and community building activities.
what's worked well for you at your campus? would you be willing to share a sample timeline of what your training schedule looked like?
i know we're all struggling to get through the first few weeks of the semester, but i thought i'd put this out there before i forgot.
|Monday, May 14th, 2007|
How flexible are the start dates at the places that you work? I'm applying for a position and have an on-campus interview next week, but their start date is a week before my mom's wedding, which I need to attend, obviously. I'm not quite sure whether to tell them about that conflict now, wait until my interview, or hold off to see if I even get an offer. If they bring it up, I'll obviously be upfront, but if I they don't, thoughts?
|Thursday, April 19th, 2007|
Summer Jobs for Professional or Student Staff
My name is Nikki Laird, and I am the Coordinator of Residence Life at the Duke University Talent Identification Program. Duke TIP serves academically gifted students in grades 7-12 through our summer programs. These programs take place across the country and internationally. We are especially seeking juniors, seniors, and graduate students with residence life experience to work with us this summer. If you have great student leaders or staff members who are still looking for summer jobs, please let them know about this experience. Also, if you have summers off, we have a few administrative positions left (similar to a Resident Director job). ( More info behind the cut...Collapse )
|Tuesday, April 17th, 2007|
A response to yesterday that I need to share
I know the Virginia Tech thing is sad for everyone, but for some reason it's REALLY bothering me. I guess this explains why I had such a weird and uncomfortable feeling all weekend long. I think it just hit really close to home having happened not only on a college campus but also beginning in a residence hall where a RA was shot. I should have stopped watching CNN last night, but I no, I had to and the last thing they showed before I switched the TV off was the picture of the RA who was shot and his friends lighting a candle for him.
Being in residence life, your staff becomes part of your family. My RAs are like adopted kids. What hurts is that I know that any of my staff would have reacted the same way.. they hear a disturbance, they come out of their room, then Boom? Shot? We always say that RAs need to be careful, but do we ever think that this could be an outcome of them trying to help a resident? I admit to having the mentality that that could never happen to us. Yes, perhaps getting punched or pushed, but a gun shot? College is supposed to be one of the safest places because it is a place where people come for higher learning, to better themselves in some way (yes, not everyone comes here for that, and there are a lot of people with mental health issues here, but we have so many resources to help people that you never think that something this extreme could happen).
We just had an ignorant student write a commentary last week in the student newspaper hear entitled "RAs: Do they really assist?". It was really all about him being upset that one of his friends got written up for drinking, but he went on and on how RAs are just there to spy on kids and get them in trouble. He went on about if RAs really want to assist they should help kids unpack their cars during move in day (which we do) and give students massages (Umm... hello??). How does this relate? Well, my staff were really offended by that article last week, and now thinking about the RA who got shot trying to respond to someone in need makes me even more bitter about that article.
What makes me scared (and no, I dont think Im being dramatic) is that my colleague and I were just talking about how we have a tremendous about of students this year with mental health issues and how incidents lately have been becoming more and more violent in nature. Just last night I had to deal with a cutter and her boyfriend getting in my face for calling the police and counselor on her.
It scares me that in today's society, our kids are getting de-sensitized to violence. Last night when discussing the occurances of the day with an RA, he said "yeah, the VA tech thing bothered me, but I grew up hearing about Columbine and 9/11... I am used to this stuff". His statement really took me back.. I lived through that stuff too, but it doesnt make me less distraught when something like this happens. Are our younger kids who grew up hearing about this really becoming less respondant to it? Is one of the reasons why we have more violence in schools becuase kids just have less of a regard for human life?
It is scary, especially its me and my staff who are first responders to things like this.
Anyway, sorry to be such a downer, but I needed to get these thoughts off my chest. Anyone have any other reactions to what happened?
|Saturday, January 6th, 2007|
I'm doing a staff development on battling burnout, but to be honest, I don't know heaps about it. Does anyone have any tips, websites, or handouts that might be useful?
|Wednesday, December 13th, 2006|
Greetings everyone. I know that I may have posted this question but is anyone thinking of applying or currently in the process of applying to a doctoral program? I've got the application out to UMass Amherst (and this is the only one that I plan on applying to) for their Education Policy and Leadership program.
Hope your semesters are winding down.
x-posted like whoa
|Wednesday, November 1st, 2006|
anyone going to NACA in MA this weekend?
|Friday, September 8th, 2006|
What's most important?
I'm working on a project for RA Recruitment and Selection. (Already! I know, right?) And I was wondering... What do you think is the most important quality (or a few, if you can't choose just one) that an RA should possess?
Also, if any of you would be willing to share, I'd like copies of the questions you use for RA selection... Please send them to nlaird (at) tip (dot) duke (dot) edu
Thanks in advance!
x-posted (a similar post) to reslife
|Monday, August 28th, 2006|
My one-on-ones with my staff are usually very short because I'm not much of a talker. Does anyone have an agenda they follow or tips/good questions to ask in order to make them more useful and productive?
|Sunday, July 2nd, 2006|
Anyone still job searching...
Wondering if anyone else on here is still job searching? I'm waiting on a hopeful offer this week. I know it's getting to be later in the process...
|Thursday, April 13th, 2006|
Job Search Process
How is everyone's job search process going? I'm really looking for some sort of support/affirmation that others might be as stressed out/frustrated as I am. However I would love to hear success stories as well.
|Friday, March 24th, 2006|
anyone going to the national ACUHO-I conference in atlanta?
|Tuesday, February 28th, 2006|
I just read a new brief in the Chronicle of Higher Education about a dispute at Smith surround the Vagina Monologues and the Vday moment... the president of the Republican club claims that - "..,the play and the national 'V-Day' movement that has grown around it, reduces women to their anatomical parts, perpetuates violence against women and mocks the more elegant traditions of Valentine's Day..." Last year at Roger Williams students staged a "P-day" protest. It included a staging of "The Penis Monologues".
what do YOU think about this?
|Tuesday, November 8th, 2005|
sent to me via AIM by a woman i work with today:BREAKING NEWS:
Resident Directors will no longer need to engage in exercise programs. From now on, Resident Assistants will be doing the following daily exercises for Resident Directors:
1) Jumping to conclusions.
2) Flying off the handle.
3) Carrying things too far.
4) Dodging responsibilities and
5) Pushing their luck. Current Mood: silly
|Friday, November 4th, 2005|
I'm trying to build up my personal professional library, and I'm looking for suggestions. My current university doesn't really have any resources, so I'm more or less starting from scratch. Any suggestions on books that you either have or have read that you find useful? They can be anything that's useful in the field - whether it's icebreakers/teambuilders, supporting and dealing with student staff, specific issues such as gender, race, ability, or anything else that you've come across that you'd like to pass on.
|Friday, September 2nd, 2005|
i have over 100 gmail invites to get rid of if anyone wants one. please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.